Good morning to you!
How has your week been?
How have you dealt with and processed the news this week that we’re going to be in these restricted times for some time to come?
I found the beginning of the week quite OK. Hearing the news, processing what I needed to do for Fit Camp and how to advise our clients was all part of the ongoing process that I find myself in most months.
However, it was once that had finished and I’d put it into place that I started to see the fallout from my wider network.
Fit Camp members expressing their frustration or anxiety around the announcement started to filter out.
Networking members starting to feel overwhelmed with the constant juggling of managing a business, a family, a network group, children, parents and more.
My own family feeling buffeted about by the constant changes being imposed on them in their jobs and university settings.
I suddenly had an overwhelming sense of unease from people. I could feel in in emails and WhatsApps. I saw it in conversations and exchanges and social media is, of course, a great window on people’s worlds.
As such I threw caution to the wind this week and ditched the normal agenda at our weekly networking meeting that I currently chair. I decided that we needed to give people a space to say how they felt, talk about their anxieties, their strengths and their thoughts around the new announcement.
I’d hoped for something useful from this bunch of 33 business owners. But what we got was very profound and very meaningful. We learned more in those 90 minutes this morning about our fellow members that we’d ever heard before. It certainly pulled everyone in under the virtual hug that I’d hoped we’d offer.
If this mixed bunch of the population needed that then I am sure you do too.
Who are you able to share this brain-noise with?
Where can you go to speak, without judgement, about the things that worry you right now, the strategies that help you and the things that you need?
No solutions or answers were given today. We all just listened and, when it was our turn, shared. That was enough for all of us. The answers and solution may come later, they may not come at all but in speaking and sharing we all felt a collective sense of support and understanding which is very powerful.
If you are struggling to find a space to do this I’ll be looking at how we can create something for you to access too. Right now my biggest wish is that people are looking after their mental health as well as their physical health. Without these we will struggle way more and for longer.
So this week I leave you with the trees I walked in last Sunday – a great calming treat for me. I hope that you can take some time to do something calming for yourself this weekend as we look towards the next weeks and months in these unusual times.
Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting Fit Camp, and thank you for being part of my collective community which ultimately helps me to help you.
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.